plunk (plŭngk) also plonk (plŏngk, plŭngk)
v. plunked, plunk·ing, plunks also plonked or plonk·ing or plonks
1. To throw or place heavily or abruptly: plunked the money down on the counter.
2. To strum or pluck (a stringed instrument).
1. To drop or fall abruptly or heavily; plump: plunked onto the couch with a sigh of relief.
2. To emit a hollow twanging sound.
1. Informal A heavy blow or stroke.
2. A short hollow twanging sound.
1. With a short hollow thud.
2. Exactly; precisely: The dart landed plunk in the center of the target.
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